What the Assange Case Says About Rape in America

Feminist blogger and author Jessica Valenti opines for the Washington Post about what the Julian Assange rape case reveals about how the American media and people really view rape and its victims: “Now, we don’t know if Assange is guilty or innocent – but we do know that the accusations against him have been badly reported, misconstrued and generally pooh-poohed. In the same way that Assange’s document dump held a mirror to U.S. diplomacy, the accusations against him and the subsequent fallout reflect our country’s overly narrow understanding of sexual assault, and just how far we are from Sweden’s legal standard.”